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Alzheimer's Association of Northern California

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The number of Americans living with Alzheimer's or other dementia is projected to grow from 5.8 million today to 14 million in the next 30 years. African Americans and Latinos are at the highest risk of developing the disease, but are least likely to receive a timely diagnosis and quality care from our health and system.

Alzheimer's Association advocacy volunteers work with their members of Congress and state legislators to help change laws and policies to improve the lives of people at risk of Alzheimer’s and their families across the country. Alzheimer's Association advocates have successfully engaged members of Congress to quadruple federal funding for Alzheimer’s research and to create a pathway for Medicare to pay for comprehensive care planning services after a diagnosis. But we still have a lot of work to do!

As an advocacy volunteer, your individual experience with the disease is your most powerful tool, and we will teach you how to use it to make lasting change. Statistics and reason simply aren’t enough; it takes authentic, deeply felt, one-to-one communication from constituents like you to move the hearts and minds of members of Congress and state legislators.

We will help you to tell your story in ways that move mountains and create positive change.

Together, we will achieve a world without Alzheimer’s. Let’s get to work!

What Do Advocacy Volunteers Do?
Advocates help advance Alzheimer's research funding and legislation by:

1. Cultivating positive relationships with their Member of Congress, state legislators and staff.

2. Meeting with their legislators in the district several times per year.

3. Proactively taking steps to interact with their legislators about Alzheimer’s policy issues throughout the year. Interactions can take the form of attending events, writing personal emails, writing letters to the editor or interacting on social media.

4. Reporting all interactions in our online reporting system.

5. Participating in bimonthly regional advocacy calls to share information and updates with other advocacy volunteers in your region.

6. All advocates are eligible to attend our National Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC (March 22-24, 2020). To learn more about the Forum, visit

To volunteer, please go to and fill out our short online volunteer application, and we will respond within 48 hours. Please be sure to say a few words about your connection to Alzheimer's disease; applications without this information may not receive a response.

Please contact Jessica Rothhaar, Senior Public Policy Manager, at with any questions.

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About Alzheimer's Association of Northern California


Public Policy and Advocacy Department, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd #250, Lafayette, CA 94549, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.


The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. We work on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association is committed to accelerating progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. Through our partnerships and funded projects, we have been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years. The Association is also the leading voice for Alzheimer's disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer's research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level. We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority. Read more about us here.

Since its founding in Menlo Park, Calif. in 1981 by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter has grown to include nine offices across two states. We serve hundreds of families with our 24/7 helpline, offer one-on-one care consultations, maintain more than 150 support groups, mobilize 1,000 volunteers in the cause, raised more than $1.7 million for our national research program in fiscal year 13 and more. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease.


We'll work with your schedule.


Downtown OaklandOakland, CA 94612



  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Varies from month to month, ranging from 1 hr/month in a slow period to 3-4 days/month if you choose to attend the Washington, D.C. Advocacy Forum in March.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills are a must, as you will be representing the Alzheimer's Association to Members of Congress and state legislators. A positive, can-do attitude also helps!

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